DETROIT - GE Plastics has introduced plastic alloy Noryl PPX, the company's first entry into a new product area in 16 years.
Noryl PPX's automotive applications include bumper fascias, front-end modules and under-the-hood components, GE Plastics officials said March 7 at the SAE World Congress.
'We're equally bullish on nonautomotive applications, but we expect automotive to account for a large portion of Noryl PPX applications,' Noryl's Paul Hirt said.
GE Plastics, of Pittsfield, Mass., began producing Noryl PPX this month at plants in Selkirk, N.Y., and Bergen-Op-Zoom, the Netherlands. Both locations can supply Asian markets, officials said.
Four grades of the alloy - two unfilled, one 30 percent glass-filled and one 40 percent glass-filled - are being made.
GE plans to add at least four more grades in the next year, according to Noryl Product Manager Keith DuPont. The alloy is expected to sell for $1.20 to $1.80 per pound.
GE is working with several Tier 1 suppliers, and carmakers to find applications for the material. At least one part could be on a 2002 model vehicle, although officials declined to identify the part or automaker.
Noryl PPX offers good high-heat performance, impact strength and chemical resistance, officials said.
'With (Noryl PPX) there will be fewer constraints in design,' Hirt said. 'Molders won't have to sacrifice impact strength for stiffness or cycle time for chemical resistance.'
GE will obtain a plastic resin from several suppliers to produce Noryl PPX, officials said.
GE declined to identify any resin makers. The GE Polymerland distribution unit works with resin makers BP Amoco plc, Equistar Chemicals LP, Formosa Plastics Corp. USA, Huntsman Corp. and Solvay Polymers.
In bumper fascias, Noryl PPX is expected to provide high melt flow for thin-wall injection molding. For front-end modules, the material can offer dimensional stability and chemical resistance, according to the company.
GE engineers developed proprietary technology to combine resins previously thought to be incompatible. Noryl PPX also can be used with other resin-based products.
Nonautomotive uses for Noryl PPX include power tools, food-service trays and fluid engineering applications.